Making sure the recorded content is clean and tidy!
Proof-listening is a process where volunteers listen to the audiobook chapter and mark corrections. We have recorded all high school textbooks at the Wandering Minstrels Records and Studios, Bengaluru for the education of visually challenged students. We firmly believe in clean and usable content to our special students and nothing less! Through this process of proof-listening, we aim to identify errors in the recording. The issues could include identification of
Recording issues such as noise, gaps and volume issues
Content issues such as deletion, omission, unexpected gaps
Anybody who has excellent listening skills and a sharp ear to clear Kannada pronunciation, can volunteer and proof listen. All you need to do this is a laptop, computer or even your Android smartphone and most importantly the best of your Kannada listening skills!
1. The process
Listen > Pause > Comment > Proceed
Indeed it is that simple! Once you have registered with us, you can select any textbook, any chapter and start listening. If you find issues, pause, comment and once it is recorded, you are good to continue!
2. Clean Kannada or nothing!
This is our commitment to the special students of Karnataka - we will only provide clean Kannada content and nothing else! Kannada is a phonetically clear language. Each sound referred to as ‘phone’ and constructs have a clear and unambiguous pronunciation, and there is no scope for interpretations. Despite this, we tend to use the language loosely, and that might show up in the way we read. We want to make sure our recording is free of these issues. Here are some typical errors that we have found. There could be a lot more!
ಉಚ್ಛಾರಣೆ, ಅಲ್ಪ ಪ್ರಾಣ-ಮಹಾಪ್ರಾಣ, ಅನುನಾಸಿಕ
‘ಹ’ ಕಾರ ‘ಅ’ಕಾರ; ವಂದು > ಒಂದು; ಯೊವನ > ಯೌವನ; ಪುಟ ಸಂಖ್ಯಾ > ಪುಟ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ; ಮನ್ಮತ > ಮನ್ಮಥ; ಪಾಟ > ಪಾಠ; ಪ್ರಾರಂಬ > ಪ್ರಾರಂಭ; ಬಾವ > ಭಾವ; ಕಾಲಿ > ಖಾಲಿ; ತದ್ಬವ > ತದ್ಭವ; ಖಂಟಪಾಟ > ಕಂಠಪಾಠ; ಪಟ್ಯ ಚೌಕ > ಪಠ್ಯ ಚೌಕ; ಬಾರತಿಯ > ಭಾರತೀಯ; ವಿಗ್ನಾನ > ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ; ಗ್ನಾನಪೀಠ > ಜ್ಞಾನಪೀಠ
2.1. Structural issues
Break in the flow, abrupt pauses or abrupt ending
Repetitions or words or phrases: repeated attempts to read the same sentence.
Missing words, phrases, paragraphs or sections
Page order and page number annotation
Unnecessary content such as recording instructions a cough, sneeze etc.
If the background noise is too distracting mention it wherever you spot
Too long or too short pauses between sentences, paragraphs or sections
Reading pace if too fast or too slow
Fill in the blank reference, dash > ಬಿಟ್ಟ ಸ್ಥಳ
3. Textbooks are our standards
Published Karnataka Textbook Society textbooks are our proofing reference. Nothing else. We recognise that there are proofreading issues in the books. However, we are not content creators or publishers. Hence, we always make sure the content is as close as possible to published textbooks. Therefore, we appreciate your patience in proofing the recording against the printed books and not what is correct.
4. How to get strated?
Our volunteers can prooflisten from any corner of the world and akin to our proofreading model, the work is accomplished in a distributed manner. Making us the first formal distributed prooflistening initiative. We are also the first ones to do it on SoundCloud! Our recordings are organised on the Soundcloud channel with links to published textbook PDFs on each chapter audio track. You will need to listen to the recording carefully and proof it against the original text. Constructive Criticism (CC)
All of us are volunteers and we have put in a lot of efforts in creating these recording. We did not have formal training studio recording, nor are we language experts. However, we have put in our best and we would really appreciate if your comments are honest but constructive criticism is what we would highly appreciate. This will help us improve our output.
5. Why SoundCloud account?
To record your corrections systematically, we require you to create a soundcloud account and put up your real name in there. The comments from completed SoundCloud accounts that are registered for proof listening with us will be used and any comments will be ignored. Voice artists and engineers have boldly come forward to get their recording audited and proof-listened. Hence, comments and corrections should only be constructive and honest and in no case use strong or distasteful language. We appreciate your support in protecting the interests of our voice artists and audio engineer interns.
6. The workflow
Once you start doing active prooflistening, you will be able to pick up any chapter if your choice from any textbook. However we would appreciate if you can take up 10th 9th and 8th textbooks in that order. There are more students who will need 10th textbooks than other standards.
After prooflistening, please fill in worklog. This will help us keep your contributions on record and duly acknowledge your efforts. Being a volunteering task, we offer you 1) acknowledgement on all the audiobook chapters you worked on as prooflisteners 2) A certificate if you wish if it helps and most importantly 3) an opportunity to learn and polish your Kannada and listening skills.
7. What happens after prooflistening?
Route 1: For the errors such as space, noise, continuity etc., our engineering interns will clean it up before we distribute the recording to special students.
Route 2: For pronunciation errors that can be corrected, our voice artists will re-record the parts with issues
Route 3: For the content that has more issues than that can be corrected, we will archive the recording and re-do the book.
8. How we deliver the audiobooks
After prooflistening and re-recording and rectification, the audiobooks will be syndicated to be freely streamed across the platforms. We always believe in open source, content and we never sell our products. Therefore, you can be sure your contributions are slowly building this open online Kannada audio textbook library for the education of visually challenged students. Not only visually challenged, these books are of use for sighted children and special children with learning disability.
Version 1.0; 25th November 2018